Maven vs Marvel - What's the difference?

maven | marvel |

As a proper noun maven

is (nasa|space) a space probe designed to investigate the martian climate.

As a noun marvel is

that which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.

As a verb marvel is

to become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.



(wikipedia maven)


(en noun)
  • (chiefly, US) An expert in a given field.
  • Pam is a coffee maven ; she knows so much about coffee.
  • * 2002 , Joseph H. Boyett, Jimmie T. Boyett, The Guru Guide to Marketing , page 207,
  • Connectors know people—lots of people. Mavens' know about things. They know, or find out first, what is going on. Connectors, says Gladwell, need ' mavens to tell them what to buzz about.
  • * 2006 January 23, Virginia Robbins, Opinion: Eight Steps to Leadership'', '' , page 19,
  • Besides an executive sponsor, you need to find a technology maven', someone within the company who understands the new technology. A '''maven''', as defined in Malcolm Gladwell?s ''The Tipping Point'', is a person who has both information and the social skills to pass it along. The challenge in a situation such as this one is that the ' maven might be outside of IT.
  • * 2010 , Rachel Davis Mersey, Can Journalism Be Saved?: Rediscovering America's Appetite for News , page 118,
  • The goal for any media company is to be a maven —and therefore highly adept at using multiple channels of social media communication well.

    Derived terms

    * media maven




    (en noun)
  • That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.
  • * Bible, Exodus xxxiv. 10
  • I will do marvels such as have not been done.
  • Wonder, astonishment.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Use lessens marvel .


  • To become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.
  • * Bible, 1 John iii. 13
  • Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
  • (obsolete) To marvel at.
  • (Wyclif)
  • (obsolete, transitive, used impersonally) To cause to marvel or be surprised.
  • * Richard the Redeless
  • But much now me marvelleth .